Special Issue "Recent Advances in Nanomaterials for Removal of New Emerging Pollutants from Water/Wastewater"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Lidija Ćurković
Guest Editor
Department of Materials, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Ivana Lucica 1, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: advanced ceramics; nanomaterials; corrosion mechanisms; wear mechanisms; mechanical characterization; sintering; microstructural characterization of ceramics; manufacturing; forming of ceramics
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Dear colleagues,

This Special Issue is focused on recent developments in the synthesis of novel nanostructured materials (photocatalysts and adsorbents) applicable for the removal of emerging pollutants (pharmaceuticals, additives in personal care products, microplastics, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) from water media. It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue.

Full papers, short communications, and reviews are welcome in the following areas: 1. Synthesis of novel nanostructured photocatalysts active under visible light using different techniques such as green microwave-assisted crystallization, sol-gel, hydrothermal, solvothermal, physical methods, etc. 2. Synthesis of magnetic composites in the form of particles or immobilized on different substrates with photocatalytic activity under visible light. 3. Modification and functionalization of natural materials applicable in photocatalysis in order to develop cost-effective reusable technologies. 4. Application of novel photocatalysts and adsorbents in degradation/removal of emerging pollutants from water media. 5. Studies of the correlation between structural properties and the activity of novel photocatalysts and adsorbents.

Prof. Dr. Lidija Ćurković
Guest Editor

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  • photocatalysts
  • nanoparticles
  • emerging pollutants
  • pharmaceuticals
  • water treatment
  • wastewater

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Efficiency of Differently Processed Membranes Based on Cellulose as Cationic Dye Adsorbents
Nanomaterials 2020, 10(4), 642; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10040642 - 30 Mar 2020
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In order to minimize the pollution caused by the reuse of textile dyes, technologies and materials have been developed that purify waste water in an efficient and cost-effective manner before it is discharged into a water body. In this context, the presented research [...] Read more.
In order to minimize the pollution caused by the reuse of textile dyes, technologies and materials have been developed that purify waste water in an efficient and cost-effective manner before it is discharged into a water body. In this context, the presented research investigates the potential of two types of fully cellulose-based membranes as adsorbents for cationic dyes used in the textile industry. The first type combines cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) and carboxymethylated cellulose (CMC) using the solvent casting process and an esterification coupling reaction, while the second type uses commercial bacterial cellulose (BC) in a native and sodium periodate-treated form (BCox). The corresponding membranes were comprehensively evaluated by means of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy. Results confirm the esterification process within the CNF/CMC membranes, as well as BC oxidation after periodate treatment, as shown by bands at 1726.2 cm−1 and 895 cm−1, respectively. The Potentiometric Titration shows the highest total negative charge of 1.07 mmol/g for 4CNF/4CMC, which is assigned to the presence of COO within CMC polymers, and lowest (0.21 mmol/g) for BCox. The Contact Angle Goniometry data confirm the hydrophilicity of all membranes, and the angle increased from 0 ° (in pure BC) to 34.5 ° in CMC-rich and to 31.4 ° in BCox membranes due to the presence of CH2COO and CHO groups, respectively. Confocal Fluorescent Microscopy (CFM) demonstrated the highest µ-roughness in 4CNF/4CMC, while Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) depicted diverse morphological features between the membranes, from ultrafine nanofiber networks (in BC and BCox) to larger fiber bundles connected within the polymer phase in CNF/CMC membranes. The adsorption experiment followed by UV–VIS spectroscopy, showed ~100% dye removal efficiency in both CNF/CMC-based membranes, while BC and BCox adsorbed only 24.3% and 23.6%, respectively, when anthraquinone dye was used. Azo dye was only adsorbed with an efficiency of 7–9% on CMC/CNF-based membranes, compared with 5.57% on BC and 7.33% on BCox membranes. The adsorption efficiency at equilibrium was highest for BC (1228 mg/g) and lowest for 7CNF/1CMC (419.24 mg/g) during anthraquinone dye adsorption. In the case of azo dye, the BCox was most effective, with 445.7 mg/g. Applicability of a pseudo second-order model was confirmed for both dyes and all membranes, except for BCox in combination with azo dye, showing the fastest adsorption rate in the case of the 7CNF/1CMC membrane. Full article
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